Everything you need to know about the new Star Wars streaming series from Jon Favreau, on the Disney+ streaming service
Throughout the rich history of the Star Wars movies we’ve been introduced to various aliens, ships, and planets, and that trend continued with this new series. Here is the official synopsis for the show:
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…”
Practically Perfect Effects
The series uses a mix of both CGI and practical effects. We learned at Star Wars Celebration that the Mandalorian’s ship, the Razorcrest, was filmed with a practical model and did not rely on CGI effects, a return to the original trilogy’s style. Director of the first episode, Dave Filoni, also revealed that they used extras from the legendary fan-based group of Stormtroopers, the 501st, to film several scenes in the episode.
New Series of Scum and Villainy
Pedro Pascal plays the aforementioned title character with Gina Carano playing a former shock trooper named Cara Dune, and Carl Weathers playing Greef Carga who is the head of a guild of bounty hunters. Also cast were Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte.
The Mandalorian Season 1 Release Schedule
The Mandalorian debuted on the Disney+ streaming service on November 12, 2019, and included eight episodes in the first season. Here is the full release schedule for the first season:
Episode 1 – Chapter 1: The Mandalorian – Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Episode 2 – Chapter 2: The Child – Friday, November 15, 2019
Episode 3 – Chapter 3: The Sin – Friday, November 22, 2019
Episode 4 – Chapter 4: Sanctuary – Friday, November 29, 2019
Episode 5 – Chapter 5: The Gunslinger – Friday, December 6, 2019
Episode 6 – Chapter 6: The Prisoner – Friday, December 13, 2019
Episode 7 – Chapter 7: The Reckoning – Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Episode 8 – Chapter 8: Redemption – Friday, December 27, 2019
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian
A new docuseries for Disney+ called Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian starts on May 4, 2020, and will give Mando fans a behind-the-scenes look at the live-action series. The limited-run series will drop new episodes every Friday. Here’s the official synopsis of the docuseries:
In “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau invites the cast and crew to share an unprecedented look at the making of the series which quickly became a pop culture phenomenon after premiering in November. Debuting on the day that a worldwide community of fans celebrate all-things-Star Wars — Monday, May 4 — “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” is an eight-episode documentary series that pulls back the curtain on the first season of “The Mandalorian.” Each chapter explores a different facet of the first live-action Star Wars television show through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Favreau.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian release schedule and episode titles:
Episode 1 – Directing – May 4, 2020
Episode 2 – Legacy – May 8, 2020
Episode 3 – Cast – May 15, 2020
Episode 4 – Technology – May 22, 2020
Episode 5 – May 29, 2020
Episode 6 – June 5, 2020
Episode 7 – June 12, 2020
Episode 8 – June 19, 2020
The Mandalorian Season 2 Release Schedule
Announced before Season 1 premiered, Season 2 of The Mandalorian has Star Wars fans waiting with bated breath. Here’s what we know so far, some of the cast will return – Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito – and we know the returning directors – Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and of course, Jon Favreau. Carl Weathers is also set to direct. We also know there will be plenty of The Child/”Baby Yoda.” One rumor suggests that Rosario Dawson will star as the live-action version of fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano. Other than that, little is known of what Season 2 will hold. Fans will have to wait until October to find out more.
List of rumored Season 2 release schedule and episode titles:
Episode 1 – Chapter 1: The Search – October 2, 2020
Episode 2 – Chapter 2: The Confrontation – October 9, 2020
Episode 3 – Chapter 3: The Bounty – October 16, 2020
Episode 4 – Chapter 4: The Republic – October 23, 2020
Episode 5 – Chapter 5: The Loyalist – October 30, 2020
Episode 6 – Chapter 6: The Sorcerer – November 6, 2020
Episode 7 – Chapter 7: The Return – November 13, 2020
Episode 8 – Chapter 8: The Empire – November 20, 2020
Will There Be a Season 3?
Showrunner Jon Favreau has stated that he’s been working on Season 3 of the live-action series for a while. Lucasfilm art department is already in pre-production but there’s no word on when it would start filming, especially with the COVID-19 situation currently putting a halt to film productions.
Of course, there’s been plenty of rumors of what Season 3 could hold, like a live-action appearance of Sabine Wren, but none of them have been confirmed.